Become a Fellow (by election)

Fellowship is the pinnacle of RCPCH membership. It recognises practitioners who have completed their specialist training and celebrates their contribution to paediatrics and child health.

The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 28 June 2024. See more details on Fellowship benefits and how to apply on this page.


If you’d like to stand for a senior College role such as President or Vice President, you will need to become a Fellow first.

If you are working in a substantive, non-training post, and are not on the GMC or IMC specialist register in paediatrics but have achieved distinction you can apply for Fellowship via election.

Examples of distinction include:

  • Several first-named articles in international peer reviewed journals
  • National service development leadership roles, which will be judged on what is thought to be achievable locally
  • Examiner Elect for the College

Please note you will need two scanned signed letters of support from current RCPCH Fellows.

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Membership subscriptions 2024

Country of residence Annual subscription
UK £630 (£52.50 per month if paying monthly by Direct Debit (UK bank accounts only)
Rest of Europe and North America £447
Rest of world (middle upper income) £286
Rest of world (middle lower income) £227


  • Use of FRCPCH designation
  • FRCPCH lapel pin
  • Fellowship certificate
  • Voting rights, such as for the RCPCH President, Officers or on major changes to the College representation on Council, our governing body (see eligibility requirements in the RCPCH regulations)
  • Representation on Council
  • Regional support
  • Use of the members’ room in RCPCH London office
  • Opportunities to apply for senior College posts, including President and Vice President
  • Exclusive Fellowship events
  • TOTUM PRO eligibility

Resources and communications

  • Digital subscription to Archives of Disease in Childhood journal
  • Milestones, quarterly magazine
  • Monthly members' eBulletin
  • Full access to the Child Protection Portal, including the Companion and other resources

Professional development

  • Continuing professional development (CPD) tools and advice (£205 to non-members)
  • Revalidation support
  • Reduced fees for the RCPCH Conference and other courses and events.

Application process and requirements

Before applying, please read the membership bye-laws and regulations.

You’ll need to provide two letters of support from current Fellows of the College.

You’ll also need to complete the Fellowship via election application form (download below) which provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have contributed to paediatrics and child health. When you have completed the form, you will need to upload it as part of your online application. Examples of evidence of distinction are:

  • Examiner or Examiner Elect for the College
  • At least three years working in a substantive, non-training post
  • Postgraduate qualification in paediatrics and child health or an allied specialty, eg MRCPCH, PhD, MD
  • Publications on which you are a first-named author on several articles in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Archives of Disease in Childhood - you should list three most important publications in your application
  • National service development leadership roles, such as work on medical campaigns or with medical charities, eg UNICEF, WHO, Red Cross or other major medical charities - you will need to list these in your application
  • Service improvement initiatives
  • Local leadership roles
  • Quality Improvement initiatives
  • Leadership of specialised organisations
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and education work

You can download our guidance for applicants below.

The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 28 June 2024. Applicants will receive a notification of their application outcome by Friday 9 August 2024.

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